The Law Society is deeply concerned with the sentencing of Mohammed Al-Maskati, a prominent human rights defender, to 6 months imprisonment for ‘rioting and participating in an illegal gathering’. Mr Al-Maskati, the former president of the Bahrain Youth Society of Human Rights, participated in a peaceful protest on 12 October 2012, a right which is guaranteed within the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). As well as this Mr Al-Maskati has been the victim of numerous death threats following his work as an advocate for human rights, a duty and role that is protected by the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.